Lions come out on top

By Corinthian (Paul Green):

NSW – PS4 NPL 2 – Men – Round 6
7pm, Saturday 9th April 2016 – Christie Park, Marsfield

Spirit FC  0
lost to
Bankstown City Lions FC 3 (Dean Bereveskos 61, Gerard Ouffoue 72, Huseyin Jasli  pen 83)


Bankstown City Lions took some time to subdue a plucky Spirit FC team at Christie Park on Saturday evening, before running out strong 3-0 winners.

They worked hard for an opening against a disciplined Spirit side for all of the first half and the first 15 minutes of the second.

The breakthrough came when Dean Bereveskos got away in the 61st minute and found himself in front of goal, with few challengers in sight, some 30 yards out.

He weighed up the situation perfectly and executed a fine, long-range, looping shot that caught Spirit keeper, David Lowery, the slightest distance off his line. The ball found the roof of the net in spectacular style and Bankstown quickly too charge after taking that belated lead.

The visitors had also shown good discipline according to their coach, Leo Carle, patiently waiting for their opportunity as Spirit elected to play a mostly counter-attacking game.

Once they came out of their shells it became a little easier for the Lions to create and convert chances.

In the 72nd a clever piece of decision-making by their keeper, Dion Shaw, who had the ball in his hands after a Spirit raid had broken down. He took his time before sending a searching clearance for speedy wingman, Huseyin Jasli , to chase down.

The man on the left knew what he had to do and got to the byline, with impressive 6‘4”striker, Gerard Ouffoue, having time to shield the ball inside the six yard box and change feet before deceiving the keeper with a polished finish.

Ouffoue had spent much of the game warding off defenders as he held the ball up for his attacking partners and for once he was able to break the shackles and deliver a typical striker’s goal.

The former NPL2 Golden Boot winner had another solid game as Bankstown continue to throw down the challenge to the rest of the teams in this Division.

Beaten only once, a week earlier by the youthful Sydney FC 1-0 thanks to an own goal, they returned to winning form, without missing a beat.

“I reviewed the game against Sydney FC,” reported Leo Carle, “and he was had more possession in both halves and I think we played very well against them, better than I’d realised at the time. But viewing the video made me realise how well we did play.

“There were no weaknesses in our team tonight and we worked hard for the win, which we thoroughly deserved.

The Lions’ third goal came from the penalty spot after Huseyin Jasli  saw his 83rd minute shot handled ten yards out.

The same man stepped up to convert the penalty in convincing style.

Huseyin Jasli  had been wayward with his shooting during the game, drilling left-footers well wide on several occasions, but he put away the penalty with conviction.

After six rounds Bankstown and Sydney FC, each beaten only once, share the lead on points, with Sydney FC just ahead on goal difference.

Match details

Crowd:  Approx 75

Spirit FC:  41. David Lowery (gk); 13 Philip Reilly, 2 Daniel Cunningham (C), 4 Michael Streeter, 8 Grant Cornwell, 14  Jayden McLeod; 5 Andrew Robertson, 3 Henry Wells (20 Nathan Jagelman 70), 16 Mark Mcalpine (18 Bradley Gibson 84), 15 Alexander Doyle (17 Robbie George 80); 10 Kim Changyu
Subs not used: 1 Murray Nelson (rgk)

Yellow cards: Grant Cornwell 13; Red cards: Nil
Coach: Mark McCormick

Bankstown City Lions FC: 1. Dion SHAW (RGK ;  13 Dhari ALSAAD, 2 Todd HALLORAN, 5 Michael BEAUCHAMP  (c), 3 Grant LYNCH;  8 Dominic HUDAP; 16 Kojiro HORI (12 Steven VELESKI 82), 10 Chris GOMEZ (22 Kyohei Kumura 84),  14 Dean BEREVESKOS (3 Tayfun Buyukkopru 84), 11 Huseyin JASLI; 9 Gerard OUFFOUE
Subs not used: 30 Nicholas CAROSI (rgk), 4 Mato Lucic

Yellow cards: Steven Veleski 89; Red cards: Nil
Coach: Leo Carle

Referee: Craig Fisher
Assistants: Declan Broderick and Toby Plasto

Points and ratings

Match 6/10
Pitch: 5/10
Weather: Cool and dry, hint of a breeze
Crowd: Approx 75

Players noted: Andrew Robertson (SFC), Alexander Doyle (SFC), Mark Mcalpine (SFC), Dominic Hudap (BCL), Gerard Ouffoue (BCL), Todd Halloran (BCL)